August 24, 1999-COLUMBIA, SC -
One woman at Killingsworth
Home wanted desperately to make a better life for herself, but residing
at a shelter offered her limited phone access, making it difficult for
her to maintain contact with potential employers and service agencies.
Now, with a wireless voice mail box from Bell Atlantic Mobile, Cindy can
schedule job interviews, set up appointments with physicians, and arrange
training sessions for her current job.
In a continuing effort to help victims
of domestic violence and homeless individuals, Bell Atlantic Mobile has
donated three HopeLine wireless voice mail boxes to Killingsworth Home.
The voice mail boxes are now available to residents of the shelter, enabling
those individuals to seek and secure jobs, seek medical attention, locate
housing, and maintain contact with family members.
In conjunction with its community service
initiative, Bell Atlantic Mobile had previously donated two wireless phones
and 20 wireless voice mail boxes to Killingsworth Home, and four phones
and 25 wireless voice mail boxes to Sistercare. Both donations were made
through the company's "Wireless at Work..." community service program, which
is part of its corporate commitment to provide wireless technology - phones,
voice mail boxes, and airtime - to those most in need. Last year, over
200 individuals found employment, established living quarters, and maintained
contact with social service agencies, family and friends, and made calls
to ensure personal safety with the help of the donated wireless voice
mail boxes and cellular phones.
Killingsworth Home is a transition home
for women recovering from crises. Residents are offered food, shelter,
counseling, job development, and referrals to community resources. In
1998, 15 individuals used the Killingsworth voice mail boxes from Bell
The company also has donated four wireless
phones and 10 wireless voice mail boxes to Sistercare, an organization
that provides services for battered women and their children. The phones
are available to high-risk victims of domestic violence, enabling them
to quickly receive emergency police or medical attention 24 hours a day.
"Bell Atlantic Mobile's wireless phones
are a needed tool in providing a sense of security in our clients' lives,"
said Nancy Barton, executive director of Sistercare. "These phones and
voice mail boxes will be instrumental in helping build our clients' self-esteem
and will provide a portable lifeline at the touch of a button."
"Statistics show that domestic violence
victims are more likely to be hurt or killed if they leave their abuser,"
said Andrea Orr, Bell Atlantic Mobile sales manager for the Columbia area.
"They are faced with potential life-threatening situations just about
anywhere - on the way to work, dropping off their children at school,
doing their grocery shopping - and they often don't have access to landline
phones. Bell Atlantic Mobile is proud to donate its wireless technology
to provide victims of domestic violence with the security of knowing that
help is only a phone call away."
Editor's Note: Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates
the largest wireless network in the East and systems in the Southwest,
covering 180,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets
devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data, and paging. Based in Bedminster,
NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 6.6 million customers and 8,000 employees
from Maine to Georgia and in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas.
Through its "Wireless at Work..." community service program, the company
uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security
and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent, Bell Atlantic
Corporation (NYSE:BEL) is one of the world's largest wireless communications
companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments
in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic
Mobile visit: www.bam.com; on global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.